A shortage of food delivery drivers and warehouse workers is forcing schools to streamline lunchtime options as orders fail to arrive on time for meal preparation or wholesale manufacturers simply can't provide items schools need.
Universal free school meals, launched at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and extended through the current school year, improved collaborations between school nutrition departments and district leaders and increased student participation in many locations.
The United States committed $10 billion over five years toward domestic and international food security, and ag industry groups expressed support for the United States' new "productivity coalition" as the United Nations Food Systems Summit convened Thursday.
Congressional Democrats will use this week to build their case for two major priorities, a multi-trillion dollar climate and infrastructure package, and a child nutrition reauthorization bill that could be used to increase the number of kids getting free meals.
With schools across the country struggling to reopen, the Agriculture Department will let them continue serving meals to all students at no charge until the end of the year or until the available funding runs out.